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Old 09-23-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Trying to get a perspective from someone from Florida that has moved to Atlanta recently. We are a couple in early 30s. I'm in IT and my wife is a nurse manager that works from home. I come from a Caribbean background. We don't have kids yet. We live in Tampa like 7 miles from downtown. Average commute is 20-30 minutes which is below average for this city. I have lived in Orlando and Miami and now Tampa. Wife wants out of Florida, she is from Midwest and wants to be closer. Flights are easier to the Midwest from Atlanta and she has an uncle there. I can't do the Midwest at all, too blah in comparison to Florida. I trying to find a compromise. Can't imagine not being near the coast. How was the move and culture shock if any. I have been to Atlanta many times. Find it more suburban, segregated then Orlando and Tampa, but by the size appears like a lot more jobs and more business oriented. If we did move not sure what part of town but I can't live in far off suburbs. Thanks ahead for feedback. Post written from cell phone....
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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The IT market in Atlanta is strong, plenty of good paying jobs here. Atlanta is landlocked though so don't expect any coast/beaches or natural Palm Trees. Certainly cooler than Tampa and you may even see some snow in the Winter. Still a long haul to the midwest though... I guess it's a good compromise.
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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Definitely find a job first, as that will play a large role in determining where you should live.

What part of Tampa are you in now, and are you looking for a similar feel here? (I am originally from the Tampa Bay area and know it well, though I have been in ATL for nearly two decades.)
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I would definitely not move there without a job. I currently like in an area called Egypt lake Leto, closer to Carrolwood side. Very center in Tampa. Work in Channelside. Looking for an area that is not too suburbia and has everything near by. If I can't use my car for some reason, be able to walk to places would be nice. Going in there in November in route to Chattanooga for a visit. Plan to drive around. Is there any area that a lot of IT jobs are located? What is Atlanta's version of Westshore district?
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:19 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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I would definitely not move there without a job. I currently like in an area called Egypt lake Leto, closer to Carrolwood side. Very center in Tampa. Work in Channelside. Looking for an area that is not too suburbia and has everything near by. If I can't use my car for some reason, be able to walk to places would be nice. Going in there in November in route to Chattanooga for a visit. Plan to drive around. Is there any area that a lot of IT jobs are located? What is Atlanta's version of Westshore district?
Carrolwood is a nice area, but I consider that to be straight-up suburbia myself.

A lot of the IT jobs seem to be clustered heavily in the Alpharetta area here, but they are really all over.

Our version of Westshore is Buckhead, which is like Westshore on steroids really.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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IT jobs are concentrated in Alpharetta, around Perimeter Center and, to a somewhat lesser extent, around Cumberland. The Perimeter Center area is probably the closest thing to Westshore here. It is a nice area and isn't too suburban though I wouldn't call it especially walkable either. Alpharetta is quite suburban but is also very nice, probably somewhat analogous to Brandon. The Cumberland area is also somewhat like Westshore as it's an edge city with its own central business district and a mix of generally middle- to upper-class housing nearby. The area around the office complexes isn't particularly walkable (i.e., not much housing available within walking distance of the bulk of the jobs), but areas not too far away (Vinings Village, central Smyrna, Downtown Marietta) offer walkable neighborhoods with amenities like shops, restaurants and libraries.

Good luck in your search and let me know if you have further questions.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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Carrolwood is a nice area, but I consider that to be straight-up suburbia myself.

A lot of the IT jobs seem to be clustered heavily in the Alpharetta area here, but they are really all over.

Our version of Westshore is Buckhead, which is like Westshore on steroids really.
Yes, I almost said Buckhead as the Westshore equivalent, and on second thought, you're probably right!

Agree that Carrolwood is very much suburbia, probably quite similar to Alpharetta, really.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:49 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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Yes, I almost said Buckhead as the Westshore equivalent, and on second thought, you're probably right!

Agree that Carrolwood is very much suburbia, probably quite similar to Alpharetta, really.
Yeah, and what's funny is that I never even thought of Perimeter!

I've always liked Carrolwood. If I ever moved to Tampa and couldn't pull off living in South Tampa, that would be my second choice.

I'll be down there next week. Really looking forward to Sunday brunch at Jackson's on Harbor Island.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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Yeah, and what's funny is that I never even thought of Perimeter!

I've always liked Carrolwood. If I ever moved to Tampa and couldn't pull off living in South Tampa, that would be my second choice.

I'll be down there next week. Really looking forward to Sunday brunch at Jackson's on Harbor Island.
Very good. If you have time, make sure you head over to Downtown St. Pete as well. It's incredibly happening these days. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:29 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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Very good. If you have time, make sure you head over to Downtown St. Pete as well. It's incredibly happening these days. Enjoy your trip!
Thanks, and am definitely planning on checking out Downtown St. Pete! We're staying on St. Pete Beach for two nights, and I've heard so many great things about Downtown lately.

I have always enjoyed the Bay Area, ever since my first visit as a kid many years ago.
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